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The Original Team
- The Atoner: Subverted. Presumably to correct his past actions, he helps the team stop Chase from trying to sacrifice himself to bring back Gert, although post-resurrection he's gone back to being a villain in Power Man and Iron Fist #10, working to set up a new Pride.
- All Your Powers Combined: In the final battle of the third volume, Alex ends up in control of Chase's fire-blasting gauntlets, Nico's Staff of One, and Gertrude's psychic connection to Old Lace. All of which would have been much more helpful if he weren't The Mole. He had no way to take Molly or Karolina's inborn abilities, but it's still a pretty impressive accomplishment for somebody with no powers of his own.
- Badass Normal: He does not have any super powers or useful gadgets like the others, but makes up his lack of powers by using his intelligence.
- Black and Nerdy: He's the team strategist and is one of the most intelligent characters in the series.
- Back from the Dead: He gets resurrected in Avengers Undercover.
- Black Dude Dies First: He's the first member of the team to get killed.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: He insisted that he didn't betray the Runaways, because that would imply that he was ever loyal to them to begin with.
- Came Back Wrong: Ever since his resurrection, he's become increasingly unpredictable.
- The Chessmaster: The team's strategist. Ultimately revealed to be a Manipulative Bastard, as he is a traitor who sided with the Pride.
- Decoy Protagonist: He's initially set up to be the main character of the series as a whole, until it turns out that he was The Mole for the Pride and he's killed off not long after this is revealed. After that, there's no real main protagonist in the team, though Nico does get slightly more focus since she takes over as leader.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Alex loves his parents through it all, and secretly assisted them because he was so fanatically loyal to their cause. Additionally, he genuinely loved Nico and offered her a place in the new world the Pride was creating (who obviously declined).
- Failed a Spot Check: Was completely unaware that his parents and the rest of the Pride were fighting the Illuminati in his house. To be fair, he had headphones on and was playing video games at the time, but still.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: David J. Walker, the writer of Power Man and Iron Fist, has said he views Alex as Donald Glover if he were a supervillain.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He is quite knowledgeable about the other Super-Heroes.
- The Strategist: He pretty much controls the team's actions. Becomes a Mole in Charge when his true allegiance is revealed.
- Teen Genius: Utterly without powers of his own, Alex is nonetheless a highly skilled strategist and thus de-facto Team Leader.
- The Reveal: Alex is revealed to be The Mole for The Pride, completely unbeknownst to his parents.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: The initial secret villain of the Runaways before his death. Since getting revived, he became a villain to Power Man and Iron Fist.
- Turn Out Like His Father: He ends up becoming a criminal boss like his father post-resurrection in Power Man and Iron Fist.
- Villainous Underdog: He's the only original runaway that isn't an alien, magic, has super technology, psychic links to genetically engineered dinosaurs, or superhuman strength. Instead, he only has his wits to get by, and is also the secret villain of the first arc. His plan was very risky, as he had to lead the others, while also avoiding his parents controlling the law to capture them, the same ones he was trying to save, and he had very limited resources as a wanted criminal. Literally, all he had to rely on were the other runaways, the same ones he was trying to deceive. And if wasn't for the Gibborim, he would've succeeded.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy. He orchestrated the entire first run to make his parents proud and show them he was an adult. When the Gibborim come across him in The Nothing After Death, he admits he can relate to them - they didn't want to be monsters, they just wanted to make their father proud.
- Wham Line: When he intervenes to save his parents' lives, revealing himself to be The Mole.
Gertrude "Gert" Yorkes (Codename: Arsenic)
- "I've known our parents were evil since I was five. This perverted little gathering just confirms it."
- Back from the Dead: Chase ends up rescuing her by going back in time to when Geoffrey Wilder stabbed her and bringing her back to the present where Nico healed her before she died.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She is the second smartest member of the team, and probably could have become the team leader if she had wanted. But she prefers to take a background role, letting her teammates and Old Lace do most of the work.
- Character Death: Gets killed by a time-displaced member of the Pride.
- Covers Always Lie: Jo Chen's covers depicting Gertrude generally have her looking nothing like she does in the comic at all.
- Deadpan Snarker: All of the main characters have their snarky moments, but Gert, being moodier and more introverted, fits this trope the best. She's often got a sarcastic quip ready for the occasion.Chase: I can, like, totally mold my flames into anything I can imagine!
Gert: And I see you've imagined a square. Very creative, Talkback.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Both versions of Gert dies in Chase's embrace, while saying "I love you" to him.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Gert refers to herself as an agnostic... while one of the team's greatest adversaries is a trio of fallen angels. This probably makes her more of a Nay-Theist.
- Future Badass: In one timeline, she grew up to lead the Avengers.
- Future Me Scares Me: She still didn't think too much of that future, but it's more out of boredom.
- The Heart: Of the group. Her death drove them all apart according to Chase, and Karolina calls her the emotional and moral compass of the team.
- Jewish and Nerdy: She was raised Jewish, and is one of the smarter members of the team (after Alex and, later, Victor).
- The Kid with the Remote Control: She had a telepathic link with a genetically engineered dinosaur called Old Lace. The link gets transferred to Chase as she dies.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly a reference to Gertie the Dinosaur.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's usually an irritable jaded snarker, but sweetens up towards Chase.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Since being resurrected, she has become more open with her emotions, allowing herself to cry in front of Chase, hugging Nico, and actually being civil towards Karolina.
- The Watson: She's brought back to life in the relaunched series. Two years in-story, a whole decade in the real world. She fulfills this role by asking what has been of the members of the team in that time, which serves as something of a recap.
- Weaksauce Weakness: She claims to be "deathly allergic" to bees.
Karolina Dean (Codename: Lucy In The Sky)
- "I wish we'd never learned about any of this! I was much happier being kept in the dark! I... I hope our parents do kill us now! I... I... I can fly? I CAN FLY!"
- Ambiguous Disorder: She is prone to bouts of severe depression and hypersexuality. It's unclear if this is due to bipolar disorder, a consequence of the stresses of being a Runaway, or if it is somehow related to her alien physiology.
- Affectionate Nickname: Other members of the team occasionally call her "K."
- Badass Gay: Her being a lesbian doesn't stop her from having awesome powers and using them later on in the series.
- Bare Your Midriff: Karolina has worn many outfits like this, especially when Adrian Alphona is the artist.
- Covers Always Lie: Similar to the Gert example above, one of the covers by Jo Chen depicts her flying in her de-powered form◊, which she is unable to do. (Again, the art looks very nice, but doesn't add up with the character's abilities).
- Depending on the Artist: No two colorists can really agree on how Karolina looks powered-up. The first run had the colors and intensity vary wildly from panel to panel. Colorists on actual Runaways-titled books tend to follow the example set by Christina Strain in volume two: a set palette of bright blue, pink, and yellow, with glitter effects, though the positioning of the colors shift from panel to panel. However, when Karolina appears outside of her home book, in crossovers or guest appearances, it's more or less a free-for-all. Avengers Academy, S.W.O.R.D. and several covers portray her glow as something that just extends from her back, rather than encompassing her entire body.
- Death Seeker: She tries to commit suicide-by-vampire (in exchange for Molly being spared, but still) during the Teenage Wasteland arc. In the second series, she expresses a desire to kill herself after Nico rejects her advances, but gets better after meeting Xavin.
- Driving Stick: Karolina has her driver's licence, but cannot drive a stick shift. Hilarity Ensues (and much cursing about the impossibility of stick shifts) when she has to drive Chase's van.
- Flight: Her alien powers allows her to fly.
- Flying Firepower: Her basic power set allows her to fly and fire light-based energy blasts.
- Gayngst: Her Coming-Out Story would have enough of this trope considering she's her parent's model daughter, but her crises and angst are only compounded by the revelation that she's a Human Alien with a fiance/e, as well as her initial unrequited feelings for Nico.
- The Heart: Chase definitely thinks of her in this role, pointing out how everyone was that much worse to each other when she was temporarily Put on a Bus.
- Human Aliens: Is virtually indistinguishable from a human girl, unless she powers up.
- The Joy of First Flight: Is exhilarated and excited upon discovering her flight powers.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: The revelation that she is not even human, along with more personal crises of identity, lead to severe depression. She at first even prefers to tell people she is a mutant than admit she is an alien.
- Light 'em Up: That suicide-by-vampire mentioned above? It kills the vampire. Her blood is essentially the same as sunlight.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She's one of the most feminine members of the group. That doesn't stop her from liking other girls.
- Look-Alike Lovers: With Julie Power. Lampshaded when Gert sees them together and says they look like twins.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Usually wears turtleneck sleeveless shirts.
- Stepford Smiler: In the 2017 series, she seems to have gotten her life together, going off to college and acquiring a therapist. But in exchange, she is now heavily suppressing her powers, she's cut herself off from the other Runaways, and two of her affirmations suggest that she is forcing herself to forget about Xavin.
- Super Cute Superpowers: She turns into a rainbow-colored beam of light in human form, and can fire projectiles and make shields of the same color.
- Twofer Token Minority: An extraterrestrial lesbian.
Victor Chase Stein (Codename: Talkback)
- "Hey, I may not be book smart, but I am street smart.""Which street? Sesame...?"
- Abusive Parents: The original group all had supervillains for parents, but his were the only ones who treated him this way, and his father was once seen hitting him for getting a "C" in his studies.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have super powers, but he is able to utilize his parents' inventions to be an effective fighter.
- Book Dumb: Chase gets straight C's and has the lowest general knowledge of the group, but is quite street smart, and more than capable of cobbling together simple, yet effective plans, under pressure.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: When he had the fistigons, he had a thing for saying "Flame on!"
- Counterpart Comparison: Receives this in-universe twice, first time from Doctor Doom, who says he reminds him of Johnny Storm. Second time is from Spider-Man, who wonders if he doesn't have cousin named Flash.
- Dislikes the New Guy: Chase is initially very hostile towards Victor after he joins the team, because Victor is possibly fated to become the supervillain Victorious, who kills Chase's girlfriend Gert in the future. They later become good friends.
- Dr. Fakenstein: Subverted, as his parents were mad scientists with the last name of Stein, but Chase himself is fairly Book Dumb and rejects his parents.
- Dumb Jock: When the series starts, it's established that he's clearly more invested in lacrosse than he is in his studies. Other characters frequently remark how ironic it is that two Mad Scientist parents would have a Dumb Jock son. He does become more intelligent later on, capable of fixing his Fistogans and repairing a time machine. This is lampshaded in the 2017 series, where he tells Gert that he's always intuitively known how to fix things, but doesn't have the creativity to invent them.
- Embarrassing First Name: The 2017 series reveals his first name is actually Victor after his father, but he dislikes it and goes by Chase, his middle name.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: He goes kind of crazy after Gert's death. At his lowest, he considers sacrificing an innocent stranger to the Gibborim in order to bring her back. When he realizes that he doesn't have it in him, he tries to sacrifice himself instead.
- Hidden Depths: He presents himself as a slacker with no ambition besides lacrosse, but the poor guy has issues.
- Incompatible Orientation: He has a very obvious crush on Karolina at the beginning of the series, but it later turns out that she's a lesbian.
- Insecure Love Interest: Thanks to everything he's internalized from his parents' abuse, Chase spends most of his relationship with Gert secretly convinced she's out of his league and acting as some kind of Morality Chain on him.
- Jerk Jock: Initially, he comes off as the stereotypical hormone-addled jerkass athlete, but it's later revealed that this is mostly a persona he adopted to protect himself.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all that he tries to pretend that he's a lone wolf who doesn't care about anyone, his actions often demonstrate otherwise. He serves as a big brother figure to Molly, for instance, insisted on rescuing Xavin during the Secret Invasion, and abandoned his efforts to bring Gert back after realizing that such efforts were hurting the rest of the team.
- The Kid with the Remote Control: He, too, has a telepathic bond with Old Lace... after Gert's death, that is.
- Knife Nut: Chase is very fond of his switchblade.
- Multiple-Choice Past: He made up stories to justify the way his parents treated him and ended up believing some of them. Even he's not quite sure which bits are real anymore.
- The One Guy: Very briefly the only guy on the team, in between Alex's death and Victor's introduction. Even lampshaded when he insisted that the leapfrog was a male vessel, because the team had "more than enough estrogen". He became this in the 2017 revival, which brought back the original team sans Alex and left him as the only guy until Victor joined once again.
- Opposites Attract: With Gert. He's a hot-blooded, fun-loving Book Dumb, while she's a Deadpan Snarker Badass Bookworm.
- Playing with Fire: The Fistigons, gauntlets stolen from his parents' lab. They're destroyed when Alex tries to use them against the team, but he finds some more of his parents' tech in Volume 3.
- The Slacker: Chase is a deliberate underachiever, as a way of rebelling against his parents' expectations.
- Street Smart: One of his most consistent yet overlooked traits. He chose a white van and switched out its license plates so it would blend in better. Told Alex he could stretch their meager convenience store resources. He found the storage facility where Old Lace and the Leapfrog were being held, and located both Hostels. And threatened Topher and later Victor with a knife.
- Team Dad: While always something like the team big brother, Chase steps up into the 'male leadership' role in the 2017 series as it feels like his responsibility. He tries to get a job to support the team and acts as Molly's legal guardian alongside Nico.
- Troubled, but Cute: This is how Nico described Chase in "Homeschooling". She's not far wrong; he's a pretty affable guy whose snarky attitude hides very poor self-esteem owing to years of parentel abuse.
Nico Minoru (Codename: Sister Grimm)
- "I'm not a leader. I'm a den mother. And not a very good one."
- see the Nico Minoru page for more
Molly Hayes (Codenames: Princess Powerful, Bruiser)
Species: Human mutant
- "I'm a mutant but not a bad one like Magneto a good one like Doop and the X-Statix and when I grow up I'm gonna join the X-Men and get married to Wolverine so you better not act prejudiced around me. 'Kay?"
- Ascended Fangirl: Shown both in her original crush on Wolverinenote and in her visit to the X-Men in Vol 3 #10, where throughout the tour she (again) slips into overexcited motormouth mode.
- Badass Adorable: A very cute preteen who is nevertheless unafraid to use her mutant strength.
- The Big Guy: Despite having the smallest physique in the group, she is the strongest and most boisterous fighter.
- Boobs of Steel: Her future counterpart in Battle of the Atom is the bustiest and the most physically-endowed woman of her team.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Not her per se, but her future version from Battle of the Atom who attacks the X-Men while under the control of Xavier Jr..
- Breakout Character: Was well-liked during her run, and she gets involved in the most spin-offs.
- Civvie Spandex: Once put together a makeshift costume using her own clothes. It didn't stick.
- Cute Bruiser: An adorable young girl who punched Wolverine out of a church.
- Hidden Depths: She's actually much smarter than she appears to be but hides it because it's more fun.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Wolverine, of all people.
- Kiddie Kid: Subverted; she generally acts younger than her 11-12 years of age, but this is actually Obfuscating Stupidity on her part.
- Must Have Caffeine: Or anything with enough sugar to fuel her powers. Nico once magically gave her enough of a sugar rush to topple a giant.
- Mutant: Her powers come from the mutant X-gene like the X-Men.
- Nice Hat: Despite being on the run, she manages to have a whole collection of adorable hats. Xavin lampshades it.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's a tiny little girl, but she's got super strength.
- Power-Strain Blackout: In early issues, she would black out from exhaustion after a throwing a single punch. As she got more used to it she wouldn't pass out, but would still need a nap after using her powers.
- Precocious Crush: On Wolverine, until he managed to scare her and she promptly Worf-Effected him.
- Sleepyhead: The more strength she uses the sleepier she will get. She adapted to this by learning to enjoy sleeping and it's now one of her favorite activities.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her future counterpart in Battle of the Atom positively towers over Wolverine◊. Not that towering over wolverine is that hard.
- Super-Strong Child: Her mutant powers gives her Super Strength.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Hats-wise anyway, she will never run out.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: "The girls I live with are just mutants. You guys are my friends."
Species: Human cyborg
- Molly: You're a villain, and your ringtone is stupid''."Victor:You don't know what you're talking about, little girl! That's a Rick Jones song!''"
- Adorkable: Turbo called him "charmingly fanboyish".
- Affirmative Action Girl: Gender Inverted. Victor was introduced to fill the "second male" void left by Alex's death at the end of the first arc, and essentially serves as his replacement being the permanent male member of the Runaways alongside Chase. Though unlike Alex, he's not a Non-Action Guy.
- Anime Hair: Depending on the Artist, this can range from mild to completely ridiculous.
- Ascended Fanboy: In the original timeline this is what led to the Bad Future: Victor becomes the Avenger Victorious and kills all other superheroes. In the main timeline he does partake in heroics, but it isn't until Hank Pym recruits him for his team in Avengers A.I. that he becomes a fully-fledged Avenger.
- Brain Bleach: Being a computer, he can delete his own memories, which comes in handy when the team's game of Truth or Dare gets into squickier territories.
- Cool Big Bro: Not only has this dynamic with Molly once he joins the team, but with Klara as well. It sometimes has shades of Big Brother Instinct.
- Decapitation Presentation: His decapitated head is sent to the Runaways by Tony Stark after being killed in The Vision (2015).
- Everyone Has Standards: After having been kidnapped for being the son of a supervillain meant to become one in the future, he was willing to play along to find out who his parent was... until they brought up the Red Skull. That was the moment Victor refused to cooperate because he couldn't believe he was the child of a Nazi. Fortunately, he was right, as instead his father was Ultron.
- Fake Memories: His entire life up until a few years ago is one big fake memory. He's actually younger than Molly, and what he remembers of his childhood and teenage years are all fabrication.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: At first, even when he joined the Runaways the other members had been cold and distrusting towards him because of his future as a supervillain, with Molly being the only exception. They eventually got over it, though.
- Future Me Scares Me: He's never actually met his Bad Future self, but the idea is more than enough to scare him.
- Genius Bruiser: It's easy to forget, since he mainly sticks to his long-range abilities, but he's definitely super-strong. One time a villain called the Swarm threw a mailbox at him, and he effortlessly punched it out of the way, flattening it in the process.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Since his Mexican mother raised him he often utters exclamations in the language.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Part human, part robot His "father" is freaking Ultron.
- Logic Bomb: He was programmed to be both spiritual and logical, so something that contradicts one while supporting the other, e.g. "Could God make a sandwich so big even He couldn't finish it?" causes him to freak out and shut down. Chase mentions that he has about three statements left that could make him do this, and each one only works once.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long-ish hair and is the most attractive boy in the group.
- Losing Your Head: After being destroyed, his head is sent to the Runaways. It turns out he can think and talk fine as a head, and was faking being "dead" after the head was activated.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Zigzagged. First it looks like Dr. Doom is his dad, having had a one-night-stand with his mother when she was on a trip in Latveria. Then the villain turns out to be a robot, and not one made by Dr. Doom. Ultron then shows up and explains that he is Victor's dad, and created him in an effort to make a sleeper agent who could bring down the Avengers; the Dr. Doom backstory was his idea of a false origin story for Victor that would set his plans back on track despite the Runaways' interference.
- Meat Sack Robot: Victor Mancha is an Ultron construct whose body was designed so that over time, his organs would reconstruct themselves in ways that would enable them to mimic organic material, until his cybernetic nature became impossible to detect.
- Nice Guy: Victor is a pretty down to earth, easy going, calm and friendly guy most of the time.
- One of Us: In-Universe example. Comes tied with his Adorkable traits. He's a pretty big superhero fan and a avid video game player
- Orphan's Ordeal: His dad killed his mom and revealed his origins, leading him to join the Runaways.
- Raised Catholic: Ultron mentions his mother was very devout, and it goes along with his programming to be spiritual. He's more comfortable with it than Nico is, asking if he can pray with her at one point.
- The Smart Guy: He's very good with machines and computers. Possibly because he is one.
- Selective Magnetism: His electromagnetic powers.
- Shock and Awe: Again, electromagnetism, which often translates to firing lightning from his hands.
- So Proud of You: During the team's crossover with Avengers Academy, Hank Pym lets him know that all of his regrets over creating Ultron are worth it, because if he hadn't created Ultron, then Ultron wouldn't have created Victor.
- Tangled Family Tree: As Ultron's "son", he's related to half the Marvel Universe, including three of the Young Avengers.
- Technopath: To an extent, he has some control over electronics due to being Ultron's son.
- Teen Genius: Due to being a computer, he is far more knowledgeable about trivia than Gert.
- Twofer Token Minority: "My mom was Mexican, you racist dipstick. My dad was a machine!"
- Tykebomb: Originally created to destroy the Avengers from the inside.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's heavily implied that his hacking some random computer was responsible for the accident that killed Old Lace.
- Wet Blanket Wife: After Nico slept with him in a moment of weakness, he assumed that they were going to become a normal couple and tried to play the role of the supportive boyfriend, but often ended up annoying her instead.
- Younger Than They Look: As mentioned above, despite looking the same age as Nico and the others, he's actually younger than Molly.
- Abusive Parents: X's parents are both dead, but what little we hear of them suggests this.Xavin: "My father killed a family of screaming Majesdanians in front of me when I was five. I cried so, I was left with the corpses for three days."
- Action Girl: When shapeshifted into a female form.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: Xavin's exact gender identity is fairly vague; the "official" interpretation is that Xavin should be treated as genderfluid.
- Arranged Marriage: Karolina's parents sold out their own home planet to the Skrulls after being exiled from it, and offered them K's hand in marriage as a bargaining chip. While both Xavin's and Karolina's parents are dead, Xavin attempted to use this as a way to end the war. Despite both their efforts, it didn't take.
- Barrier Warrior Xavin has Sue Storm's power to create invisible barriers.
- Child Soldier: Before coming to Earth, they were trained to be a Super-Skrull.
- Fantastic Racism: A target of this trope from Majesdaneans after Skrulls destroy their homeworld. One calls their relationship with Karolina "perverted" (because it's interspecies).
- Flight: Thanks to possessing Johnny Storm's fire powers.
- Gender Bender: According to Xavin, changing genders is as simple as changing hairstyle for a Skrull. Well, physically anyway. Their mental self-image took longer to loosen up. They come to see a female form as the default, but in battle assumes a large male form to be more intimidating.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Starting in volume 3 - before then, Xavin defaulted to male when in Skrull form.
- In Love with Your Carnage: X admires the Kingpin of all people for keeping New York on a tight leash, despite being a Badass Normal in a city full of superheroes.
- Invisibility: Thanks to possessing Sue Storm's invisibility powers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: By far the hardest to get along with but always places everyone else's needs above their own.
- Just a Machine: Unsurprisingly considering this is the general Skrull attitude towards bots, but the way Xavin treats Victor ranges from unthinkingly calling him the 'house android' to being an outright Jerkass (particularly in the Civil War crossover). However, in later issues they seem to be getting along decently enough. In Secret Invasion, Xavin even begs Victor to protect the others and run away before the other Skrulls can get them.
- Love Martyr: To Karolina, despite their relationship being rather loving and healthy, Xavin is willing to give up much for her. This may be due to the fact that Karolina is one of the few good things in Xavin's life.
- Playing with Fire: Again, Johnny Storm's powers.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Played with. Taking down a giant monster is gratifying, but full-scale war is a horror to be avoided at all costs.
- Rubber Man: Thanks to possessing Reed Richard's powers.
- Shapeshifting: They can change forms at will. At one point, they transform into Karolina to take her punishment.
- Smug Super: Xavin loves lording their Super-Skrull abilities over their teammates.
- Superpower Lottery: Xavin possesses the shapeshifting ability that all Skrulls have as well as the powers of the Fantastic Four, which the Skrulls obtained through genetic engineering. The only drawback is that they have trouble using multiple abilities at once due to their lack of training.
- Super Strength: Comes from Ben Grimm's powers.
- Transgender Fetishization: Or rather genderfluid. Initially created to act as a romantic/sexual partner for a lesbian character, although Characterisation Marches On indeed as the comic progresses. Otherwise, considered very attractive in their natural form.
- Twofer Token Minority: Xavin is a Skrull, their default human form is black, and they're a genderqueer in a lesbian relationship.
Species: Human mutant
- "I have always just... I thought that was how plants grew. Because you asked them to. On our farm in Bern, I would speak and the crops would listen. But the roses... the roses would speak back."
- Ambiguously Christian: It's never explicitly stated which branch of Christianity she belongs to. Her stated hometown of Bern is traditionally a stronghold of the Swiss Reformed Church, but some of her expressed beliefs track more with traditional Calvinism. It's worth noting that in the late 19th century, the SRC had several breakaway sects which survived into the mid-20th century, so it's possible she was raised in one of those sects.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She has a great deal of difficulty socializing and can be prone to weird moods. Whether this is the result of the abuse she suffered or if there's some other factor at work is unrevealed. Avengers Academy hinted that she may have PTSD.
- Ambiguously Gay: For all her protests that she finds the sight of two women kissing to be disgusting, her initial character arc is essentially about embracing who and what she is, a plot that is often a metaphor for coming to grips with homosexual feelings.
- Ambiguously Human: There have been many theories as to the source of Klara's powers, ranging from mutation to some sort of connection to the gods. One of Marvel's handbooks listed her as a mutant, but it's never been stated in any of her appearances that this is the case.
- Abusive Parents: Her mother thought her power was unnatural and was happy to arrange a marriage for her (even if her husband was old enough to be her father.)
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's normally a sweet girl, but if you make her cry or threaten her, she (or at least her plant friends) will mess you up.
- Country Mouse: She is a country mouse twice over, having been pulled off a farm in Switzerland in the early 20th century to live in New York City, and then later brought into the 21st century.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: She finds Xavin and Karolina's relationship disgusting, attitudes which would not have been out of place in the early 20th century.
- Disappeared Dad: According to the Marvel Handbook, she was raised by her mother alone. Her missing father may be connected to her powers.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Her mother pushed her into a marriage to try and discourage her habit of talking to plants.
- The Fatalist: Between her extremely strict borderline-Calvinist upbringing and the abuse she suffered at Mr. Prast's hands, she used to believe that her sole lot in life was to suffer for being different and then die. She snaps out of this pretty quickly after the Secret Invasion miniseries, where, in the face of near-certain death at the hands of a Super-Skrull, she decides that she'd very much like to live.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Mostly averted during the series' third volume. The only indications that she is from another time are her old-fashioned views of homosexuality, interracial relations (it's not clear whether she was more squicked by Xavin (in female human form) and Karolina kissing because they were both girls or because one of them was black) and the occasional mention of her husband. She adapts pretty quickly to most of the modern world and enjoys playing Wii.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Non-lethal example. In the 2017 series, she's never mentioned outside one brief instance in which she was taken by social services. And despite the Putting the Band Back Together feel the renewal has, nobody ever suggests brigning her back into the group.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: During Terry Moore's run, she had a feminine personality, but wore Chase's old clothes, even his old pajamas.
- Green Thumb: Her powers allows her to control plants.
- Heroic Bastard: According to the Marvel Handbook, she was raised by her mother alone, which suggests that her mother never married.
- Punny Name: Klara Plast = Chloroplast.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: In the 2017 series, Nico and Chase reveal that after Nico left the team, the state came for Klara and put her in foster care.
- Really 700 Years Old: She was born in the late nineteenth century, but arrived in the modern day via time travel, which technically makes her the oldest Runaway.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She and Molly are nearly inseparable, and it's possible that she cares more about Molly's safety and well-being than her own.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is shockingly rude to strangers, but extremely loyal to her friends.
- Talking to Plants: As far as anyone can tell, her powers work by her issuing either verbal or perhaps telepathic commands to plants. Since it comes naturally to her and she's been doing it since she was a little girl, she has difficulty explaining how her powers work to other people.
- Too Hungry to Be Polite: Any time she's seen eating, she's usually wolfing down her food.
The Pride in General
The Pride is made up of six married couples who are the parents of the six original "runaways." In The '80s, they were chosen by a trio of giants called the Gibborim to form the Pride. The Pride would sacrifice young innocents and feed their souls to the Gibborim, who would use the power gained to purge Earth of all humanity. In return, the Gibborim gave them twenty-five years of wealth and power and promised six members of the group a place in the new "paradise" that Earth would become. The other six would perish along with the rest of humanity. When Janet Stein got pregnant, she and her husband decided to donate their seat in the Gibborim's new paradise to their child. Each of the other couples in the Pride then chose to have one child each and give them their spots in the Gibborim's paradise rather than worry about possibly living forever separated from their spouses. The group's past and future are contained in a coded book called "The Abstract."
- Archnemesis Dad: They think they're doing what's best for their kids. With one exception the kids beg to differ, and view The Pride's members as antagonistic parents.
- Battle Couple: Each member of The Pride is married to one of the others, and all of them can fight.
- Cosmopolitan Council: They're come from a variety of backgrounds.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The members of The Pride are all Happily Married, and each couple loves their particular child. Katherine Wilder also mentions wanting to save her mother from the Gibborim.
- Evil Matriarch: The mothers tend to be rather heavy-handed when it comes to their offspring.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: They kept their activities a secret from their kids.
- Family Values Villain: Although those particular values may differ (i.e. the Deans are liberal and the Yorkes conservative and all of them vary in strictness), they all frequently express typical parental attitudes in between being ruthless supervillains.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: With the possible exception of the Deans it seems none of them were originally anywhere near the threat level they became after striking a deal with Gibborim.
- Happily Married: All of them, despite being evil.
- Kill All Humans: Their overall plan.
- Knight Templar Parent: Everything they do is for the sake of their children.
- The Psycho Rangers: Each couple is in one way or another evil reflection of their respective child. And their only appearance in books other than Runaways (an Iron Man storyline set in the past) had them serve as this for the Avengers Illuminati.
- Start of Darkness: Issue #13 of vol.1 describes their origin as a group.
- Unholy Matrimony: A group of six married couples who regularly engage in human sacrifice together.
- Villain with Good Publicity: All of them maintain covers of being fairly well-liked rich L.A. socialites.
- West Coast Team: A big part of the premise is that they are set up in an area where there is no real superhero presence, because as far as anyone knows, there are no supervillains set up there—the Pride are much better at keeping their activities secret than anyone else in the Marvel Universe.
Geoffrey and Katherine Wilder ("The Thieves")
- "I know you think I'm a monster, Alex, but someday you'll understand that everything I did was done out of love."
- Archenemy: If anybody qualifies for the status of the Runaways' archnemesis it's Geoffrey Wilder.
- Badass Baritone: Geoffrey is an evil man with a deep voice, who nonetheless runs California's organized crime. See Evil Sounds Deep below.
- Badass Normal: Don't have super science knowledge, magic, mutations, or time travel, making them The Team Normal. Geoffrey in particular. No one has done more damage to those kids than he has, despite his lack of powers. His 1985 counterpart even managed to neutralize Xavin, a Super-Skrull in training.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Geoffrey is bald, black, and the de facto leader of the Pride.
- Bald of Evil: Geoffrey as an adult is balding; lampshaded by Chase when they meet his past self.
- Beard of Evil: Geoffrey sports a well-trimmed goatee.
- Big Bad: Geoffrey is the leader of The Pride, in the first arc. His 1985 incarnation is the Big Bad of the second arc.
- Diabolical Mastermind: The two of them control almost all of LA, and have agents everywhere else.
- Evil Sounds Deep: According to Nico she would "recognise Mr. Wilder's baritone anywhere."
- Expy: The rest of The Pride refer to them as a pair of Kingpin wannabes and this is a pretty accurate description of Geoffrey in particular.
- Fake Brit: In-Universe example. 1985!Geoffrey impersonates British mutant Chamber in order to infiltrate Excelsior.
- Former Teen Rebel: From punk-ass bank robbers to Diabolical Masterminds.
- Hero Killer: Geoffrey, particularly in his 1980s incarnation.
- Jive Turkey: Somewhat fit this in manner of speaking in their youth, given that they were involved in organized crime.
- Knife Fight: 1985!Geoffrey briefly engages Chase in one.
- Knife Nut: Geoffrey seems inordinately fond of the sacrificial knife used in the Gibborim's rituals.
- Large and in Charge: Geoffrey is an imposing man.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Both Katherine and Geoffrey favour expensive suits.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Geoffrey shows elements of this in his younger days, what with repeatedly referring to the Gibborim as "Big Brother".
- Satellite Character: Katherine gets very little characterization, as compared to her husband who plays a massive role in the story.
- Scary Black Man: Geoffrey is very intimidating.
- The Team Normal: Out of a team with time travelers, aliens, mutants, magic users, and super scientists, the Wilders are the only real Badass Normals.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Katherine maintains her good looks into her middle years. Geoffrey loses his hair, gains weight, and grows a Beard of Evil.
- Villainous Friendship: Mr. Wilder and Mr. Stein seem fairly close.
- You Have Failed Me: Geoffrey shoots Lt. Flores for failing to contain the kids a second time.
Dale and Stacey Yorkes ("The Travelers")
- "The future is still ours."
- An Axe to Grind: Dale uses one during their first run in with the kids.
- And I Must Scream: Subjected to this by Nico when the team is sent back in time — despite fully knowing that their actions will lead to Gert's death, they are forced to carry on the plot by magic.
- Badass Moustache: Dale sports a heavy moustache, and is a formidable time traveler.
- Evil Redhead: Stacey sports a head of curly red hair, and is just as complicit in crime as her husband.
- Fat Bastard: They're both on the heavy set side, and they're both unrepentant criminals.
- Henpecked Husband: Dale seems to be this sometimes, when Stacey harps at him.
- Kosher Nostra: Very Jewish, and deeply involved in LA's organized crime.
- The Masochism Tango: Dale and Stacey argue constantly, and often appear to be at one another's throats, but they really do love one another.
- Time Travel: They're time travelers.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: They steal valuables and then sell them in other times.
- Steam Punk: Their costumes and equipment seem inspired by this genre.
Frank and Leslie Dean ("The Colonists")
- "We're heroes! We've dedicated our lives to making this world a better place for those kids!"
- All Women Love Shoes: Nico said Leslie has more shoes than a season of Cribs put together.
- Arms Dealer: Frank is in negotiations to buy Skrullish weapons when he gets the call about Karolina.
- Arranged Marriage: They set up K and Xavin's in the process of selling out their home planet.
- Broken Pedestal: Karolina seems to have the hardest time coming to grips with her parents being evil, because that's just not how they presented themselves. When Alex reads them the Abstract, describing how their parents agreed to donate their places in the Gibborim's paradise to their children, Karolina's parents are among the few who are totally against the idea. The only reason Leslie agrees to try for a baby is because it might get her on the cover of People magazine. When the scene cuts back to the kids in the Hostel, Karolina is just muttering "... the cover of People?" in hurt surprise.
- Expy: Of General Zod and Ursa of Superman- they are criminals from another planet who have sun-powered abilities on Earth, and Alex even starts to compare Karolina's bracelet to kryptonite before being cut off.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards humans.
- Flight: Their powerset includes the ability to fly.
- Granola Girl: Invoked as part of their personas; they play the part of hippie actors who raised their daughter vegan.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Compared to his wife, Frank is more paranoid and angry, tending to flip out and point fingers when things start to go wrong. This might be a Majesdanian thing, since Karolina is also prone to mood swings.
- Hitler Ate Sugar: When Karolina insists her parents don't eat meat, and thus cannot be evil, Gert's response is "Neither did Hitler."
- Human Aliens: As are all Majesdanians.
- Light 'em Up: Frank and Leslie's main mode of attack is to turn their light into concussive laser blasts.
- Light Is Not Good: They have light-based powers, but are two of the cruelest members of the Pride.
- Master Actor: Besides being their day jobs, the Deans present themselves as happy-go-lucky Hollywood hippies. They're actually a lot more psychotic.
- Named After Somebody Famous: In-Universe; they took their surname from James Dean.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: They are very popular actors, but it's all an act.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Their intent to betray the rest of the Pride (aside from the Hayeses) is what inspires Alex to found the Runaways in an effort to stop them, which ultimately leads to the thwarting of the Gibborim's plan in its entirety.
- Psycho for Hire: To the Gibborim."But what's in it for us? Beyond the usual entertainment value of wasting Earthlings of course?"
- Satellite Character: Frank, who gets little characterization compared to his wife.
- Soapbox Sadie: Invoked and subverted; they pretend to care about many social causes as expected of Hollywood celebrities.
- The Starscream: They plotted to betray Geoffrey so that the six slots could be taken by the Hayses and themselves.
- Stepford Smiler: Both, but especially Leslie. They're Brady Bunch on the outside and homicidal on the inside.
Victor and Janet Stein ("The Wise Men")
- "My son and I have had our differences, but I love Chase more than life itself. Literally."
- Abusive Dad: Victor's Establishing Character Moment is him punching Chase for getting a bad grade.
- Destructive Romance: They refuse immortality if it means living without each other, but throw things at each other when arguments get bad.
- Gadgeteer Genius: They're Mad Scientists who make gadgets.
- Glurge Addict: Chase's mom seems to like cute things. When Mrs. Yorkes commented on how whimsical the Leapfrog's design was, Victor says "Blame Janet." All their other ships also resembled cutesy sort of frogs.
- Goggles Do Nothing: They've created X-Ray specs before, but the ones they're wearing don't seem to do much.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Victor gets angry at the drop of a hat.
- Hand Blast: Victor fires a laser from his watch.
- Inventor of the Mundane: This is given as a reason why the Steins are wealthy enough to hang out with families of other characters, whose parents are doctors, businessmen and famous actors, among others. Subverted because it's a lie - Chase's parents, just like those of other kids, are actually supervillains in control of the entire West Coast criminal underground.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Inverted. It's often pointed out that despite being mad scientists, their kid is a straight-C lacrosse jock.
- Mad Scientist: Inventors of various devices like X-ray goggles, the Fistigons and rocket boots.
- Meaningful Name: Victor Stein's name is likely inspired by Victor Frankenstein.
- Paper Tiger: When Victor hits Chase, he responds by telling him that he hits like a girl.
- Pedo Hunt: There was a seventh member of the Pride at one point, Eli, but the Steins had him expelled after they found him hanging out in Chase's room.
- Satellite Character: Janet is far less prominent than Victor and receives little characterization.
- Sticky Situation: Janet's gauntlets fire glue, as Alex unfortunately discovers.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: Janet's fire glue. Then there's the Fistigons, which they invented, which are a Power Fist that enables Chase to turn himself into a walking flamethrower.
- Troubled Abuser: Victor, who is prone to taking out his anger on his son, yet is also prepared to die for him.
- Unusual Weapon Mounting: Victor has Frickin' Laser Beams in his watch.
- Villainous Friendship: All the members of The Pride at least pretend to be friends, but Victor Stein and Geoffrey Wilder genuinely seem to enjoy one another's company.
Gene and Alice Hayes ("The Outcasts")
- "Yes, to the parents of the year."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Emma Frost of all people thinks they were monsters.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards humans (despite originally believing Molly to be one).
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Their eyes glow purple when their telepathy is in use.
- Meaningful Name: A mutant named Gene?
- Mind Rape: They enjoy using their telepathic abilities to destroy people's minds. One unfortunate rival ended up being trapped in his own body for seven years after going up against them.
- Mutant: Their powers come from the mutant X-gene like the X-Men. Seems to have been retconned in the 2017 series, which revealed that Molly's grandmother genetically engineered their abilities, explaining why they had the same powers.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Their intent to betray the rest of the Pride (aside from the Deans) is what inspires Alex to found the Runaways in an effort to stop them, which ultimately leads to the thwarting of the Gibborim's plan in its entirety.
- Not Blood Siblings: Alice’s Mother took Gene in when he ran away from home and they were raised together.
- Psychic Powers: They're telepaths.
- Psycho Psychologist: Alice is an evil speech therapist.
- Religious Bruiser: Perhaps not as religious as the Minorus, but they know enough to quote Proverbs, and their daughter is always asking if people go to Heaven.
- The Starscream: To Geoffrey, as they plotted to betray him and take the six slots for the Deans and themselves.
- Superhero Speciation: Not within the Pride (they would fall under the "pairs with the same power" clause, like the other couples), but among mutants. Gene says that it's very rare for two mutants to have the exact same mutation, "my own pureblood union notwithstanding." Interestingly, Molly doesn't show signs of having their exact mutation: Gene and Alice have telepathy while Molly has super-strength, but all three are characterized by a reddish-pink glow from their eyes when their mutation is in use.
- Villain Team-Up: Defied. Apparently they were once offered place in Hellfire Club but refused.
Robert and Tina Minoru ("The Magicians")
- "Faith is a complicated thing, sweetie."
- Boom Stick: Tina wielded the Staff of One before Nico stole it.
- Combination Attack: Strangely enough, every spell they cast is this.
- Ethnic Magician: Played with. Though the Minorus are Japanese, their powers are not derived from Japanese culture. An ancestor from the 20th century, though, sports a Miko-inspired costume.
- Evil Sorcerer: They're sorcerers, and part of a supervillain group that wants to exterminate humanity.
- Generation Xerox: Inverted. In the flashback to the early years of the Pride, it's shown that Tina was genuinely enthusiastic about being a mom. Nico, on the other hand, is weirded out when Victor raises the subject of whether she wants kids.
- Religious Bruiser: Both are very Catholic.
- Satellite Character: Neither of them gets a lot of characterization when compared to the other members of The Pride. We know they pretended to be fairly religious, and that was about it.
- So Proud of You: Tina's reaction to finding out the kids have killed a vampire.
- Spell Book: Robert's Weapon of Choice is a book from which he reads spells.
- Token Good Teammate: Good is a relative word with The Pride, but Robert is shown to have more hesitation about planetary genocide than his fellow members, and he and Tina are the only ones shown actively helping the kids escape when The Gibborim declares Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
The "New Pride"
A group formed by the Geoffrey Wilder from The '80s and several of Alex's friends from an online MMORPG. Geoffrey is brought to the present when Alex's friends attempt to transport him from the moment before he died into the present. Geoffrey convinces them that the original Pride was made up of heroes and that the runaways likely killed Alex. They are armed with gadgets and magic talismans left behind by the original Pride.
- Stretch: An overweight boy who lives with his grandmother and role-plays as scantily clad superheroines. He wielded a sword made out of the same metal as Karolina's bracelet, allowing him to cut through her force-fields.
- Hunter: A boy with overgrown hair. He is a technological expert who was able to briefly hack into both Victor and Leapfrog.
- Lotus: A girl who often dresses in archaic-style dresses and loves Renaissance fairs. She quickly gets the hang of magic and is later forced by Chase to help him find the Gibborim in hopes of bringing Gert back to life.
- Oscar: A temp worker who is often fired for playing online RPG's at work. He figures out the decoder ring and partially translates the Abstract. He is accidentally killed when they try to resurrect Alex.
- "We are the Gibborim, and we hunger."
- Bad Boss: Their idea of "motivation" is to inform the Pride that half of them will die in when the world ends.
- Bigger Bad: The team may have seen the Pride as their nemeses, but the Gibborim turned out to be driving the Pride's actions.
- Fallen Angel: Or rather, the children of fallen angels, which would effectively make them Nephilim or the Marvel universes equivalent.
- Freudian Excuse: Their conversation with Alex after fading into The Nothing After Death reflects Freud's theory that God and the father figure are ultimately the same thing in one's mind.
- Kill All Humans: Their plan.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: The Gibborim are surprisingly quick to throw up their hands and declare "screw it" after it all goes up in smoke, opting to kill their servants with the power they gave them.
- You Have Failed Me: After the Runaways prevent the end of the world, the Gibborim choose to kill all twelve of the Pride rather than simply starting over.
A lieutenant in the LAPD. He is also a minion of the Pride, which does not seem to be a secret within the LAPD. He enlists the superheroes Cloak and Dagger to help find the Pride's children, which displeases them. He later tracks the Runaways to the first Hostel and is buried when Nico collapses the cave on top of them. He is pulled out of the rubble by his fellow officers but executed by Geoffrey Wilder.
- Dirty Cop: As a cop aiding super villains.
- The Mole: Within the LAPD, as he reports to Geoffrey Wilder.
- You Have Failed Me: Executed by Geoffrey Wilder for failing to find the Runaways.
Cloak And Dagger
A pair of superheroes who gained their powers after being forcibly given drugs. Like the main characters, they were once teenage runaways and avoid the Adults Are Useless theme that pervades the series. Cloak has a mystical cloak that allows him to draw others into a hellish dark dimension. He can also teleport himself and others through the dark dimension and become intangible. He has a hunger for light that he gets either from Dagger or from the people he absorbs. Dagger has the power to generate blades of light that can, according to Nico, show you your sins. Cloak and Dagger are enlisted by Lt. Flores, a Pride agent in the NYPD, to find his bosses' children. Realizing who the Runaways' parents are, Cloak and Dagger promise to bring the Avengers to LA, but are captured by the Pride and have their memories telepathically wiped.Later on, Cloak is accused of trying to kill his partner Dagger. While being pursued by the Avengers, Cloak is hit on the head and regains his memory. He seeks out the Runaways and asks them to investigate the attack on Dagger, claiming that he was framed. Dagger's attacker turns out to have been a Stalker with a Crush who used Mutant Growth Hormone combined with the drug that gave Cloak his powers to impersonate him.
- Absolute Cleavage: Dagger's costume dips heavily into her cleavage; her scanty costume is even lampshaded by other characters.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Cloak has darkness-related powers but is nonetheless a good guy.
- Eldritch Abomination: The main characters see these when Cloak teleports them to New York using the Darkforce.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Hayeses wipe their memories after encountering them, so they never do get the Avengers to help out the Runaways.
- Running Gag: The anger of Moral Guardians over Cloak and Dagger's origin story, thinking that it glorifies drug use.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Molly thinks Dagger is Cloak's wife; Cloak corrects her, referring to her as his companion.
A teenager who is on a crime spree with a pair of adults. The Runaways meet him when they foil their attempt to rob a convenience store. Topher tells them that the two adults are his parents who were in a Freak Lab Accident, gaining superpowers and going insane. His parents then forced him to join in their crime spree. The truth is that Topher is a vampire and his "parents" are actually two vampires he transformed himself. He is killed when he tries to drink Karolina's blood, not realizing that her alien blood has properties similar to sunlight. The other two vampires are destroyed by the Pride after interrogating them for the location of their children.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Topher is not affected by stakes to the heart, only sunlight. This even applies in universe, as he's far different from the type of vampires that (say) Blade usually hunts.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was born around 1900, making him over a century old by the time he appears.
- Take That!: To Joss Whedon, whose Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the major vampire pop culture piece of the era; Vaughan knew that Whedon was a fan of the series, and thus decided to troll him a little by having a vampire menace the team.
The infamous Killer Robot, archnemesis of the Avengers, and Victor Mancha's creator.
- Archnemesis Dad: Despite creating Victor, Victor utterly rejects him.
- Big "NO!": Utters one when Darkhawk destroyed him.
- Blatant Lies: While narrating his backstory, he mentions that he offered nothing but loyalty and love for his creator until he betrayed him for no reason. Anybody who knows about Ultron beforehand knows that this is a HUGE lie.
- The Dreaded: The Runaways know that they have no chance against a foe that A-List heroes are scared of.
- Killer Robot: His most defining trait is that he's a murderous robot.
- Unreliable Expositor: His retelling of his own backstory is distorted to make him look more sympathetic and Pym and the Avengers more villanous.
- You Have Failed Me: Executes Marianella for failing to keep their son's origins a secret.
- Character Death: Ultron kills her for failing to keep their son's origins a secret.
- Deal with the Devil: She helped Ultron to rebuild his body in exchange for a child. What Ultron didn't tell her is that he planned to use said child to destroy the Avengers from the inside (though at that point she didn't know about Ultron's true nature.) At some point she quotes this trope verbatim.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Courtesy of being Mexican, she'll often drop Spanish phrases in dialogue.
- The Plot Reaper: If Victor was to join the Runaways, she has to be taken out of the picture somehow.
The Upward Path
- Lillie: "They ain't the Sinners, but neither are they saints. Us as has to make a living have run afoul of them — and not all come out alive."
- The Adjudicator: A religious, gun-wielding superhero whose appearance is likely inspired by The Punisher."I fight to end this injustice."
- Black Maria: A superheroine with a nun-inspired costume. The nature of her power is unknown but involves her touching the heads of her victims, causing a halo-like light to shine around them. A similar halo also appears around her own head.
- The Difference Engine: A superhero who is either a robot or a man in Powered Armor. He can fire explosive shells from arm-mounted cannons and contains an advanced (for the time period) computer. His primary weakness is water."Magic is a thing of the past. I'm the Difference Engine. I'm the future."
- Nightstick: A superhero with a police-inspired uniform. He is often relied upon to control his hot-tempered partner, Daystick.
- Daystick: A superhero with a police-inspired uniform. He plays the Bad Cop to Nightstick's Good Cop (or Slightly-More-Levelheaded Cop).(To Nico): "Don't ye be callin' us [Sinners], chink! We's the Upward Path, the city's protectors, and we'll kick you all the way back to Mott Street with the other burny blowers!"
- The Witchbreaker: A magician with a miko-inspired costume. She tortures witches, aiming to bring out their true potential. She is Nico's great-grandmother. She also appears to have some knowledge of the future concerning her descendants.''"Every generation weakens. Until the world turns on them, as it will on yours."
- Ethnic Magician: Witchbreaker's costume is based on that of a Miko, and she's a Japanese magician.
- Nuns Are Spooky: Black Maria is drawn as very dark and shadowy. She also rarely speaks.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Daystick is a superhero but he's very racist as shown in the above quote.
- The Quiet One: Nightstick has no spoken lines.
- Rabid Cop: Daystick loses his temper at Nico without provocation and dresses like a policeman.
- Steam Punk: The Difference Engine is a robot modeled after one of the world's earliest computers.
- Thank the Maker: Difference Engine's "For Babbage's sake..."
- Tough Love: Witchbreaker is concerned about her descendant's success and subjects her to Training from Hell.
- Training from Hell: Witchbreaker's preferred method of training Nico."The more pain you learn to take..."
- "And their group is called the Sinners because they're solid citizens, right?"
- Maneater: A cannibalistic giant with a jaw so strong that punching it hurt Xavin's Thing-like fist. Nico defeats him by magically turning him into a vegan.
- Kid Twist: A marksman with two revolvers."Kid Twist has never missed."
- Forget-Me-Not: A beautiful, centuries-old woman who can use her scent to cause men to fall in love with her and fight over her. She is usually seen lounging on a couch or bed, almost never standing upright."Men have fought over me for centuries... it's very dull."
- Morphine: A chemist who fights by throwing syringes. It is unclear if he has any superpowers or if he is simply a brilliant scientist.
- Goldbrick: A muscular man with gold-colored skin.
- Ratdog/Ratbag: A large, half-man, half-rat creature. Called "Ratdog" in "Dead End Kids" but called "Ratbag" in the Secret Invasion tie-in.
- Daphne: A woman whose elbows branch off into three forearms each. They are apparently very strong. She is only named in the index for the Runaways/ Young Avengers Secret Invasion crossover.
- Always Accurate Attack: Kid Twist can hit any target he's seen and his bullets follow their victims like heat-seeking missiles.
- I'm a Humanitarian: About a minute after meeting Chase, Maneater decides it's a good thing he skipped lunch.
- Living Aphrodisiac: Forget-Me-Not uses her scent to make men fall insanely in love with her and fight over her.
- Love Is in the Air: Forget-Me-Not's powers induce jealous, violent love.
- Mage Marksman: Kid Twist's bullets can hit any target he's laid eyes on, no matter how improbable.
- Really 700 Years Old: Forget-Me-Not claims that men have fought over her for centuries.
- Reluctant Warrior: Morphine claims to hate fighting.
- Super Strength: Maneater is very strong.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Forget-Me-Not seems especially attracted to the Adjudicator.
The Street Arabs
A group of superpowered "Wonders" who live on the streets. They remain neutral between the Sinners and the Upward Path but have done jobs for both sides.
- Eddie Gunnam/The Swell: The leader of the Street Arabs. An otherwise ordinary man who obtains an enchanted walking stick that brings him good luck. He pried the stick from the hand of a dead man who had been struck by lightning five times. The stick was destroyed when it blocked a bullet from Kid Twist that otherwise would have killed Eddie."No more scroungers' work for Eddie Gunnam; not with a' power of this."
- Lillie McGurty/Spieler: A young girl who is able to fly if she hears music, even if that music is in her own head. She falls in love with Victor, who begs her to come with them in the future. She refuses, afraid, and her regretful future self in the 21st century arranges to have the Runaways transported back in time, setting in motion the whole Dead End Kids arc."Regret? It is my meat and drink. My air, my everything. The faces fade, the names get jumbled, but regret... regret never ages."
- Tristan: A man with incredible strength fitted with mechanical wings. He is in love with Lillie, but she puts him firmly in the friend zone. He is badly scarred while stopping a bomb planted by the Yorkes. He remains with the future Lillie in the 21st century, giving her message to Victor right before the Runaways go back in time.(To Victor): "I'll kill you before I let you take [Lillie] from me!"
- Creeper: A tiny man with a close bond to Hoyden. He often rides on her shoulder. He is killed by Kid Twist."I say what Hoyden said, mainly because she said it."
- Dead George Pelham: A brain-eating zombie. He is impervious to most kinds of physical harm.(To Kid Twist):"I'm partial to brains myself. But you just emptied your gun into a dead man so I doubt this'll be much of a meal."
- Megan the Hoyden: A tomboyish young girl whose power is super speed. She is killed by Kid Twist.Creeper: "This coming from the girl that put six bulls in the hospital for callin' her a tom."
- Yellow Kid: The "most notorious" member of the Street Arabs. He is seen generating blasts of yellow light during a fight, though it is unclear what they do. His profile in the Runaway's Secret Invasion tie-in says that his thoughts generate words on his shirt and that he was seen in a Manhattan bar nearly a century after "Dead End Kids." A Shout-Out to the very first comic strip character.(On his shirt) "Eat dis ya bums!"
- Jacob: A fiddler who lives with the Street Arabs. He plays to allow Lillie to fly. He has no known powers though the appendix of the Secret Invasion issue says his music has "unique qualities."
- Professor Duck: A Chinese scientist who crafted Tristan's mechanical wings. He is not a Street Arab but is liked and respected by them. It is unclear if he has any powers but he was able to recognize a time travel device from the future.
- Ambiguously Human: While it could be assumed that many of the "Wonders" are mutants, Tristan and Lillie in particular live to their mid-110s, which is possible but unlikely for a normal human.
- Big Bad Slippage: Tristan and Lillie's lives were ruined by a gang war, so they spent a century trying to develop Time Travel to undo the damage, ironically leading to them causing the gang war in the first place by sending the Runaways back in time.
- The Big Guy: Tristan is bloody enormous.
- Brain Food: Dead George, being a zombie, eats brains.
- Fiery Redhead: Lillie is a high-spirited, excitable redhead.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Tristan had a pair of metal wings affixed to his back and managed to survive a massive bomb explosion without losing any limbs or appendages. It can be assumed he probably has a healing factor.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Victor is instantly attracted to Lillie, who has bright red hair.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: Creeper's power is apparently being very, very small. He is probably like that permanently as he has never been shown at any other size.
- Just Friends: Lillie's view of her and Tristan's relationship. Tristan has a different view.
- Love Martyr: Tristan is obsessively loyal to Lillie in the hopes that she will return his affection.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Tristan nearly kills Victor after realizing that there's something going on between him and Lillie, but stops when they discover a bomb waiting to kill everyone.
- Not Using the "Z" Word: Dead George is very obviously a zombie, but no one ever calls him that.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Dead George is (obviously) stated to be "dead", looks rather emaciated, and has a liking for brains, but otherwise he seems completely normal.
- Public-Domain Character: The Yellow Kid, who is widely considered to be the first comic strip character.
- The Slow Path: After Lillie turned down Victor's offer to join her in the future, she spent the next 100 years trying to figure out a way to send him back in time.
- Smug Snake: Eddie greatly overestimated his value to the Sinners, and both he and his entire group paid dearly for it.
- Tomboy: Megan the Hoyden wears boys' clothing and has short hair.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: All the terrible things that happened in 1907 was an indirect result of Old Lillie's machinations in 2007.
- Winged Humanoid: Tristan has a pair of gigantic metal wings affixed to his back.
A group of four Majesdanean soldiers who travel to Earth to capture Karolina Dean, intending to punish her for her parents' role in the Skrulls' invasion and destruction of planet Majesdane. To avoid further bloodshed, Karolina decides to surrender to them but Xavin shapeshifts into her and goes in her place.
- vaDanti: A former university student from Majesdane. VaDanti was off Majesdane visiting his sister deHalle when the planet was destroyed by the Skrulls. Though not a proper soldier, he joins the group searching for Karolina Dean. He is taken prisoner by the Runaways where he explains who they are and why they want to capture Karolina.
- deHalle: vaDanti's sister and a sergeant in the Light Brigade, an elite Majesdanean military unit.
- vaRikk: A lieutenant in the Light Brigade and the group's pilot and navigator. He is also deHalle's ex-boyfriend and it seems that their breakup was less than amicable.
- vaDrann: The leader of the Majesdaneans hunting for Karolina. He is named only in the index of the Runaways / Young Avengers Secret Invasion crossover.
- Aliens Speaking English: Even when conversing with each other they speak English, suggesting that the Majesdaneans have no language of their own.
- Anti-Villain: Aside from wanting to punish Karolina over something that wasn't her fault, these guys really aren't very evil. They show concern when innocent bystanders get too close to their battle and actually help the Runaways get them to safety. And one of them asks their prisoner "Karolina" (actually Xavin in disguise) if she's comfortable.
- Expecting Someone Taller: vaDrann says this about Karolina (actually Xavin) when they finally meet face-to-face to discuss her surrender.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Skrulls.
- Oh My Gods!: Majesdaneans seem to worship the sun. They use expressions such as "What the sun?" and "I swear by the sun."
- Sins of Our Fathers: Their motive for hunting Karolina is that her parents started the war. She had no control over any of it, and even agreed to give up her life on Earth to stop it, but they don't care. Their planet has been destroyed, their species is almost extinct, and they need someone to blame, however warped the logic.
Pusher Man & Bo
- Heh, I like the way you roll, little man. Reminds me of me when I was your age.
- Big Bad Wannabe: After Chase convinced him they work for the Pride, Pusher Man thought that with friends like these he has a chance in big league of New York crime scene. Kingpin proved him wrong.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Through it happened offscreen, Kingpin's description paints Pusher Man's demise as very unpleasant.
- Evil Counterpart: Chase and Nico if they were drug dealers.
- Not So Different: As they both point out, Chase and Nico reminds them of younger versions of themselves. Only while Pusher Man takes liking to Chase for that reason, Bo doesn't.
Molly's grandmother, a scientist introduced in the 2017 series. In the period leading up to the group's dissolution, she arrived to offer Molly a place to live which Molly accepted.
- Ambiguously Evil: She's been keeping an eye on Chase and the others through what appear to be genetically modified cats whose eyes glow in the same way Molly's and her parents' did. Dr. Hayes has also got someone or something inside her basement she seems to be experimenting on, takes samples of Molly's blood on a regular basis, and discreetly plucked a sample of Victor's hair. The fifth issue confirms on the very first page she's had ulterior motives from the start and has definitely got sinister motives for Gert and the others, but what these are hasn't yet been made clear.
- Cool Old Lady: She instantly welcomes the other Runaways into her home and offers to aid Chase in rebuilding Victor's body. Because she's eager at the possibilities of what all that magnificent genetic material can help her create.
- Crazy Cat Lady: She takes in a lot of strays, and uses them to spy on people.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely did love her children and does love Molly, but she's made it clear she's not going to lose Molly to the Pride's children the way she lost Gene and Alice to their parents. She's even going so far as to create clones of them enhanced with the DNA she took from the Runaways.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She expresses nothing but contempt for the Pride, not only viewing them as a bunch of half-baked charlatans (she expressly considered Chase's parents to be insults as scientists), but also because she recognized Gene and Alice became Drunk with Power because of them and it led to their deaths.
- Evil All Along: She's the reason Gene and Alice had powers, and it's implied she not only experiments on stray cats but other people as well. There's also the question of cloning Gene and Alice.
- I Have No Son: Inverted. Molly's parents severed ties with her when she voiced her disapproval about the Pride, which is why she hasn't been present in Molly's life until recently.
- In the Blood: Molly's inherited two things from her grandmother: her love of cute things, and her ability to deceive people into thinking she's harmless.
- Open-Minded Parent: It seems she had absolutely no issue with Molly's parents being mutants, to the point every photo in her home with Gene and Alice Hayes shows them with their eyes glowing. Though it was them dealing with the Pride she worried about. She also takes the appearance of an actual dinosaur, the severed head of a robotic boy, and a girl who died two years ago completely in stride. This is because she was the one who gave them their powers.
Molly's manipulative new friend.
- Creepy Child: Her eyes are a little too green and her friendship with Molly is a little too close.
- The Fake Cutie: She may look like and act like a cute thirteen-year-old, but she's much older than she looks and she's got a hidden mean streak.
- False Friend: She attached herself to Molly when the latter transferred to Hollywood Hills High, and the two soon became inseparable. And then it turns out that Abbie wants Molly to eat a magic cupcake so that she'll remain young forever.
- Never Grew Up: Abbie halted her aging at thirteen, and wants Molly to do the same.